IU Travels to Iowa City for Meeting with the Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Stephen Houston rushed for a career-high 135 yards at Wisconsin last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Stephen Houston rushed for a career-high 135 yards at Wisconsin last weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 17, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Facing its first Legends Division opponent, the Indiana football team (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten) will meet Iowa (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT and the BTN will broadcast the game.

    The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern, 41-31, on Saturday to even their Big Ten record at 1-1 following a 13-3 loss at Penn State. Iowa posted a 3-1 mark in non-conference play.

    Eric Collins (play-by-play), Chris Martin (analyst) and Dionne Miller (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 117 and XM 196 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Coaches
    Kevin Wilson earned his first victory as Indiana head coach vs. South Carolina State. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10. OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
    • Kirk Ferentz is 93-62 (.600) in his 13th season at Iowa. The Hawkeyes have played in nine bowl games since 2001. Ferentz also served as head coach at Maine from 1990-92 and owns a 105-83 (.559) career record.

    News & Notes
    Stephen Houston recorded his first 100-yard game as a Hoosier at No. 4 Wisconsin. The sophomore gained 135 yards on 19 carries (7.1 average) with a 67-yard touchdown.
    • Indiana rushed for 223 yards on 45 attempts (5.0 average) against the Badgers. The last time an IU team rushed for 200 yards against a Big Ten foe came against Purdue (219 yards) on Nov. 17, 2007.
    • True freshman Mark Murphy returned to safety after a stint at linebacker and led the Hoosiers with a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops.
    Shane Wynn's 559 kick return yards rank 10th on Indiana's single-season list and 11th nationally.
    • Linebacker Jeff Thomas is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 8.5 TFLs and seventh with 8.1 tackles per game.
    Damarlo Belcher needs three receptions to become Indiana's all-time leader.
    • Iowa holds a 41-27-4 advantage in the all-time series against Indiana.
    • The Hawkeyes own a 22-10-3 edge in Iowa City.
    • UI has won the last three meetings (2008-10) after the Hoosiers earned consecutive wins in 2006 and 2007.
    • Indiana won its 2007 Big Ten road opener, 38-20, at Kinnick Stadium.
    • In 2006, the Hoosiers scored 24 of the game's final 31 points to edge the No. 15 Hawkeyes, 31-28, in Bloomington. The triumph marked IU's first win over a top 15 team since a 31-10 victory at No. 9 Ohio State on Oct. 10, 1987.

    No Problem With Houston
    Stephen Houston joined the Hoosiers in July from Independence (Kan.) CC. The 228-pound running back appeared in each of the first four games before earning starts in all three of the Hoosiers Big Ten contests.
    • In Big Ten play, Houston is third with 263 yards on 51 carries (5.2 average) and is averaging 87.7 yards.
    • At Wisconsin last weekend, Houston broke the century mark for the first time as a Hoosier. He finished with 135 yards on 19 carries (7.1 average).
    • His yardage was the most for a Hoosier since Darius Willis garnered 142 yards vs. Purdue on Nov. 21, 2009.
    • He put IU on the board with a 67-yard touchdown run, Indiana's longest rush since Oct. 24, 2009, and matching its longest play from scrimmage in 2011.
    • Houston led the team in rushing and receiving with 68 yards on 14 carries (4.9 average) and 70 yards on three catches against Illinois.
    • His combined total of 138 yards is the highest single-game yardage total from scrimmage by an IU player this season.
    • In his first career start, Houston rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries against Penn State.
    • He sits atop the team with 354 yards, 73 carries and a 4.8 average to go along with two touchdowns.
    • Houston also has nine receptions for 92 yards.
    • The sophomore rushed for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns on 165 carries in 2010 at Independence.

    Second Level Senior
    Jeff Thomas knew he had to pick up the slack when weak-side linebacker and co-captain Leon Beckum suffered an injury in the season opener vs. Ball State, which has kept him sidelined since. The fifth-year senior middle linebacker and the defense's unquestioned leader has done just that.
    • Thomas has started all seven games and leads the team with 57 tackles, 33 solo stops and 8.5 tackles for loss. He also has one sack and three pass breakups.
    • His 8.1 tackles per game rank seventh in the Big Ten and he is tied for fourth in TFLs.
    • In the Big Ten opener against Penn State, Thomas recorded eight tackles, matched a career high with three tackles for loss and added a sack and a PBU.
    • Thomas collected nine stops, eight solo, with one TFL against Illinois and recorded nine tackles once again with a half-TFL at Wisconsin last weekend.
    • He owns nine career games with eight-plus stops, including five in 2011.
    • Thomas recorded his third career double-digit tackle contest vs. BSU, sharing game-high honors with 11.
    • After tying for the team lead in tackles in both week one and week two (7 vs. Virginia), Thomas netted eight stops against South Carolina State.
    • Thomas joined the Hoosiers from Foothill (Calif.) CC last season and has made 16 starts in his IU career.
    • He finished second on the team with 82 tackles, 45 solo stops, 7.5 tackles for loss and two INTs in 2010.

    On The Mark
    True freshman Mark Murphy started the season working with the safeties, joined the linebackers before the South Carolina State game and returned to safety prior to the Wisconsin game.
    • Murphy has played in all seven games, started three times at weak-side linebacker and once at safety.
    • Making his first start at safety at Wisconsin last weekend, Murphy led the team and posted a career-high 10 tackles and a career-best eight solo stops.
    • He made his first Big Ten start against Illinois the previous weekend and posted eight tackles.
    • Overall, Murphy is tied for third on the team with 35 tackles and 24 solos to go along with an interception, a tackle for loss, three pass breakups and a QB hurry.
    • Murphy intercepted his first pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown at North Texas, becoming the first true freshman since Tracy Porter (2004) to do so.
    • In his first career start, he posted seven tackles with one TFL and one PBU against South Carolina State.
    • Murphy's father, Mark, played safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1980-91 and was enshrined into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998.

    Gone With The Wynn
    Shane Wynn returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Illinois. He became the first true freshman in IU history to collect a kickoff return TD and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
    • Wynn's return was the fourth-longest in school history (three 100-yarders), the second-longest in the Big Ten and the eighth-longest nationally in 2011.
    • It was the first TD return for a Hoosier since fellow Glenville High School graduate Ray Fisher's 93-yarder at Northwestern on Oct. 24, 2009. Fisher also was the last Hoosier to take back an opening kick, racing 91 yards at Akron on Sept. 19, 2009.
    • Wynn finished the game with 148 kick return yards, an IU true freshman record and tied for the seventh-best single-game total in school history.
    • He added one reception for eight yards to net a career-high 156 all-purpose yards.
    • The Cleveland native followed the performance up with 147 all-purpose yards (127 kick return, 20 rushing) at Wisconsin last weekend.
    • Wynn has three straight games over the century mark in all-purpose yards and four overall in 2011.
    • On the season, he has 10 receptions for 95 yards, two rushes for 20 yards and 559 kick return yards on 19 returns to lead Indiana with 674 all-purpose yards.
    • His 559 kick return yards are second all-time for an IU true freshman, 10th on Indiana's single-season list and the 11th-most nationally (fifth among freshmen).
    • In Big Ten games, Wynn is fifth in kick return average (24.0) and seventh in all-purpose yardage (137.3).

    Kofi Break
    One of two true freshmen to play in 2010, Kofi Hughes appeared in the final 10 games of the campaign and made seven catches for 42 yards.
    • In 2011, the Indianapolis native leads the team with an average of 15.8 yards per reception, shares the top spot with two TDs, is second with 252 yards and is tied for second with 16 receptions.
    • Hughes took seven snaps in the Wildcat formation at Wisconsin, rushing six times and handing off once.
    • In total, he carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and also snagged a 13-yard reception.
    • Hughes hauled in a 67-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career, and finished the North Texas game with two receptions for 74 yards.
    • He made three catches for 47 yards, with his first career touchdown from 40 yards, and added 45 rushing yards on two carries vs. South Carolina State.
    • At Cathedral High School, Hughes played quarterback and was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
    • Hughes threw for 1,584 yards with 19 scores and rushed for 1,552 with 22 TDs as a senior.




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